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High School pivots to 100% virtual model

Haddonfield Memorial High School will change its instruction model from hybrid (part in-person, part virtual) to full virtual, effective immediately and until Monday, November 30.

Superintendent Chuck Klaus sent the following message to the public school community this afternoon (Sunday, November 15):

“We have had to revisit the decision communicated yesterday as we received information about an additional positive test with no contact tracing to previous cases, several potential positive cases awaiting test results, and staffing concerns. Additional factors are the significantly decreased number of students physically in school due to quarantine and the increased request for full virtual instruction. The educational benefit with significantly more students virtual and fewer students in person also played a key role in this decision. Keeping the safety and wellness of our students and staff as our top priority, we believe implementing the full virtual is the optimum way to proceed.

“Specific details regarding the full virtual schedule, material pick up, and scheduled in-person meetings will be coming from Mrs. McHale.

“This decision was not arrived at easily. We hoped to stay the course and continue to offer in-person instruction; however, it became evident that the best course of action is to address the current spread by taking these precautionary steps. Over the next 14 days we hope to see lower numbers of COVID+ results at HMHS so that we will be able to return to the cohort model on November 30. 

“If the numbers continue to remain at their current level, we will have to reconsider the return date. To that end, it is imperative that our students follow all safety measures while not in school.

Please note: the elementary schools and middle school remain open in the hybrid model.

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